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AutoEndTask Apps Not Responding at Shutdown in Windows


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AutoEndTask Apps Not Responding at Shutdown in Windows
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off AutoEndTasks of non-responding processes at shutdown for current or all users in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
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How to Turn On or Off to Automatically Close Apps not Responding at Shutdown in Windows
Synopsis
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off AutoEndTasks of non-responding processes at shutdown for current or all users in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
How to Turn On or Off to Automatically Close Apps not Responding at Shutdown in Windows


information   Information
When user processes (tasks) do not end (close) automatically at sign out, restart, or shutdown, the system waits until the process ends on it's own. If the process hasn't ended by the set HungAppTimeout value, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the processes are not responding to the End Task request and prompts the user to either force sign out/restart/shut down and force close (end task) the non-responding processes OR to cancel sign out/shut down to return to Windows.

The AutoEndTasks value determines whether these non-responding processes get forced closed automatically or not to finish signing out, restarting, or shutting down Windows.


This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off AutoEndTasks of non-responding processes at shutdown for current or all users in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Force End Task Dialog at Shutdown
Force_Log_Off.jpg
Force_Shut_Down.jpg






OPTION ONE
To Turn On or Off AutoEndTasks for Only Your Account


Note   Note
If a AutoEndTasks value is set in step 3 or 4 in OPTION TWO below will override this option.


The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

AutoEndTasks String Value

0 = off
1 = on


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Turn Off AutoEndTasks for Current Account
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Turn_Off_AutoEndTasks_Current_User.reg
download
3. To Turn On AutoEndTasks for Current Account
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Turn_On_AutoEndTasks_Current_User.reg
download
4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.
5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.
6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
8. If you like, you may also wish to change the HungAppTimeout, WaitToKillAppTimeout, and WaitToKillServiceTimeout values to what you want.​
9. When finished, restart the PC to apply.​






OPTION TWO
To Turn On or Off AutoEndTasks for All Users


Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

AutoEndTasks String Value

0 = off
1 = on


1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Undo All Users AutoEndTasks Setting
NOTE: This is the default setting to not override what is set by users using OPTION ONE above.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Undo_All_Users_AutoEndTasks.reg
download
3. To Turn On AutoEndTasks for All Users
NOTE: This step will override OPTION ONE above.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Turn_On_AutoEndTasks_All_Users.reg
download
4. To Turn Off AutoEndTasks for All Users
NOTE: This step will override OPTION ONE above.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Turn_Off_AutoEndTasks_All_Users.reg
download
5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.​
6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.​
7. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.​
8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
9. If you like, you may also wish to change the HungAppTimeout, WaitToKillAppTimeout, and WaitToKillServiceTimeout values to what you want.​
10. When finished, restart the PC to apply.​


That's it,
Shawn


 
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#2
Shawn I am not getting that autoendtasks in my registry entries is that because I upgraded this machine from 7 to 8 then 8.1?
John
 
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Hello John,

The AutoEndTasks string value is not there by default, and needs to be added to work.
 

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#4
Thanks Shawn will do that:)
 

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#5
Anytime mate. :)
 

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#6
Shawn, to avoid overkill:

If I install this do I actually need the WaittoKlllApp, WaittoKillService and HungApp timeouts as well?
 

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Hello Maggi,

While those settings are related, they are different. It wouldn't hurt to have them set as well for a quicker shut down. :)
 

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Hello Maggi,

While those settings are related, they are different. It wouldn't hurt to have them set as well for a quicker shut down. :)
OK, thanks, will do.

One question about WaittoKillService though.

I read the tutorial about how to set the time-out on this, but I don't have an entry for this in the registry. Can I just right click and add it, like with the others?
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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#12
Shawn, AutoEndTasks, HungAppTimeout, and WaitToKillAppTimeout are not on my system. How do I enable them?
 

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Hello Jesse, :)

They are not there by default. Using the .reg files in the tutorials will add them for you.
 

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#14
Thanks Shawn. I will add them when I get home from work.
 

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#15
I'm confused.
How is HungAppTimeout different from WaitToKillAppTimeout?

What I want is for the "force end task" dialog to appear after a short while, and then auto killing the apps after a longer time. So if I'm in a rush to go the computer won't stay on...

I thought I could do this by setting HungAppTimeout to 20 seconds, enabling AutoEndTasks and setting WaitToKillAppTimeout to two minutes or more.

But according to the descriptions on this website AutoEndTasks affects both, so what's the point of having both of them?
 

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Hello avada, :)

Those two go hand in hand, but depends on if AutoEndTasks is specified or not.

The AutoEndTasks value determines whether these non-responding processes get forced closed automatically or not to finish signing out, restarting, or shutting down Windows.

The WaitToKillAppTimeout value determines how long the system waits for user processes to end after the user attempts to sign out, restart, or shut down Windows. If the value of AutoEndTasks has been turned on, then the system ends the process automatically.
 

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#17
Hello avada, :)

Those two go hand in hand, but depends on if AutoEndTasks is specified or not.

The AutoEndTasks value determines whether these non-responding processes get forced closed automatically or not to finish signing out, restarting, or shutting down Windows.

The WaitToKillAppTimeout value determines how long the system waits for user processes to end after the user attempts to sign out, restart, or shut down Windows. If the value of AutoEndTasks has been turned on, then the system ends the process automatically.
I understand this. My problem is that HungAppTimeout is claimed to do the exact same thing.
 

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Technet is not much help either: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc978624.aspx
It claims contradictory things. For WaitToKillAppTimeout it claims that it's affected byAutoEndTasks. For AutoEndTasks it claims that it affects HungAppTimeout and. WaitToKillAppTimeout is not mentioned...
 

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I'd set both to what you wanted to cover all bases.
 

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hi, sorry to open an old thread but this is the only one i seemed to have found useful.

I just wanted to know if the AutoEndTasks registry key can be used on Windows Server 2008 R2 and does the OS require a restart for the setting to become effective once its been added?
 

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